Comm Lab Networked Media Fall 2014 Section 1
Instructor: Shawn Van Every
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 3 to 4 and Thursdays from 1 to 3 or by appointment. Signup: https://itp.nyu.edu/inwiki/Signup/Shawn
Class Wiki: https://itp.nyu.edu/~sve204/cgi-bin/pwiki/wiki.pl?Networked_Media_Fall_2014_Section_1_Class_Wiki
The network is one of our most fundamental mediums for interactivity. It makes possible our interaction with machines, data, and, most importantly, other people. Though the base interaction it supports is simple, a client sends a request to a server, which replies; an incredible variety of systems can be and have been built on top of it.
Grades will be determined according to the following breakdown:
Please see ITP's statement on Pass/Fail which states that a "Pass" is equivalent to an "A" or a "B" while anything less would be considered a "Fail".
- Regular Assignments 40%
- Participation and Attendance 40%
- Final Project 20%
It is expected that everyone in the class will create and maintain a blog for their assignments.
Be sure to enter your name, preferred email address and the URL to your blog (you can always edit this later) on the class wiki.
This class is very participatory in nature and discussions will certainly take place outside of the classroom. Along with the blog, one of the primary vehicles for these discussions (as well as administrative issues) will be the listserv.
Laptops and WiFi
Laptops and WiFi available are valuable tools for use in the classroom. Unfortunately, they can very easily be a distraction as well. Since this class is technical in nature and we'll likely be trying code and looking at online resources laptops use will likely be very useful. We should though be courteous to one another and when we have outside guests, during discussion or student presentations laptops use should be curtailed.
We will have weekly assignments that are relevant to material from the previous class. These assignments are required and you should be prepared to show/talk about them in class. This is 40% of your grade.
Attendance is mandatory. Please inform your teacher via email if you are going to miss a class. Habitually showing up late for class or an excessive number of absences will adversely affect your grade.
This class will be participatory, you are expected to participate in discussions and give feedback to other students both in class and participate with their projects. This (along with attendance) is 40% of your grade.
Class will culminate final projects. You are expected to push your abilities to produce something that utilizes what you have learned in the class that is useful in some manner to yourself or the world. This will comprise 20% of your grade.
Reading assignments will be given out on a weekly basis and in general will be handouts and/or online articles. No books are required for this course.
Introduction: What is "networked media", Client-Server, Basic HTTP Server, Introduction to HTML and CSS
Week 1 Notes
Add your name, preferred email address, and blog URL to the class wiki
Sign up for the Comm Lab Networked Media Listserv
Read and respond to Vannevar Bush's As We May Think on your blog.
Make a work of hypertext art, fiction, or poetry, put it online with a simple HTTP server using Servi and link to it from your blog.
Week 2 Notes
HTML and CSS continued
Week 3 Notes
Web Services: AJAX and JSON
Week 4 Notes
Create a page that both takes input from the user and uses data from a JSON feed.
Watch and prepare to discuss Anil Dash's The Web We Lost talk.
Query Strings, GET vs. POST
Week 5 Notes
Create a guestbook or blog posting/display platform using Servi.js
Final Project Ideas: On your blog, detail your final project idea(s). Start with a description, consider why you want to do this and how you are going to accomplish it. Perhaps draw a system diagram and/or work on the data model.
Serial Interfacing with the Arduino
Week 6 Notes
Final Projects Due Next Week
Document your final project on your blog, start with the idea, include some demonstration documentation (pictures/video), described how you feel about the project and where you want to go with it next.
Final Project Presentations